Mackenzie House, Toronto

Mackenzie House, Toronto

The Mackenzie House, located on Bond Street, is a remarkable gas-lit Georgian-style row house constructed in the 1850s. Legend has it that this historical residence is haunted by the ghost of William Lyon Mackenzie, the first mayor of Toronto. Mackenzie, who migrated from Scotland in 1820, established his political newspaper, "Colonial Advocate," within these walls.

Originally, the house served as a print shop, where Mackenzie produced his publications. He resided here with his wife Isabel and their 13 children until his passing in 1861, which occurred in the second-floor bedroom. In the 1930s, the property faced the threat of demolition until concerned citizens rallied together and raised enough funds to save it.

Thanks to their efforts, the Mackenzie House was spared. In 1950, the Toronto Historical Board undertook a comprehensive renovation and restoration project, transforming the house into a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into Victorian-era life. The museum is now managed by the Cultural Division of Toronto City and Museum and Heritage Services.

During a period of a prolonged closure, the Mackenzie House became the subject of numerous reports detailing strange occurrences, fueling beliefs in its haunting. Witnesses claimed to have seen a figure matching Mackenzie's description, as well as a woman with long hair, even when the house was empty and securely locked.

Other paranormal phenomena included the eerie sound of an antique piano playing, the faint echoes of a printing press in operation, and mysterious footsteps. Although these supernatural activities have been witnessed and reported, they have yet to be fully documented. Whether for the thrill of history or the allure of mystery, a visit to the Mackenzie House is an absolute must.

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Sight Name: Mackenzie House
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada (See walking tours in Toronto)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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